Three more readers shared their opinions:
College is not what it used to be, aside from college or not, people coming into the work force lack, work ethic, respect, simiple humility and feel very entitled. – Chris Romine
I agree with Chris Romine. Also we are a non-profit and receive state and federal funding. Both give us our marching orders on qualifications for applicants. There is an increase in the need for a master's and I see the definite move for masters to be licensed. – Mahealani Akau
I would value a mature and life experienced candidate far more than an MBA type who has had a spoon fed and narrow base of knowledge to his/her credit. Not knocking education in any way but to rely soley upon the college type short changes a company IMO. For the record, I did not finish college. – Eric Korbel
However, the general job market has swung in the opposite direction. According to CareerBuilder’s March survey, 27% of employers say their educational requirements for employment have increased over the past five years, and one in five now target Master’s degree holders for positions previously held by those with Bachelor’s degrees.
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